Teams from San Diego County accounted for 7 of the top 10 spots in the 2-day Lake Havasu Classic, National Bass West’s year end championship held October 16th and 17th. The tournament features the top qualifying teams in the points standings from NBW’s four regions (San Diego, Southwest, Diamond Valley, and Colorado River).
3-time San Diego NBW Anglers of the Year, Tom Leedom and Keith Gunsauls started off the tournament with a 5 fish limit weighing 15.08 pounds, putting them in 15th place after the first day while another San Diego team, Ted Holverson and George Pernicano set the pace of the 63 team field with 19.33 pounds. But Gunsauls and Leedom rallied on day 2 and presented the biggest limit of the tournament with 21.81 pounds, good enough to make up the deficit and finish on top. Their 36.89 pound total weight earned them $15,840!
They were followed up in the standings by 3 straight San Diego teams. Bob Palashewski and Dennis Kolender had 35.44 pounds for 2nd, earning them $4,230 while day 1 leaders Holverson and Pernicano had 15.68 pounds on day 2 to total 35.01 overall, good enough for 3rd place that was worth $6,210 in purse and option money. Chris Studinger and Randy Lewis piled up 34.03 pounds of bass on the tournament to take 4th place and head home with $1,240.
Also finishing in the top 10 were San Diego teams; Max Bauer and Chuck LaVigne in 6th, Andy and Jackson Paluczak in 9th, and Donald Riese Sr and Jr in 10th.
This was the 14th annual Lake Havasu Classic. National Bass West is owned and operated by the husband and wife duo of Mike and Lynne Peterson.
National Bass West will return in San Diego for another team tournament season starting November 7th at El Capitan.
National Bass West will also hold 3 night tournaments in 2016; June 4th at El Capitan, July 16th at Lower Otay, and August 6th at El Capitan.